Definition of Q fever in English:

Q fever

noun

  • [mass noun] An infectious fever caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii, which may be transmitted to humans from cattle, sheep, and other domesticated animals.

    • ‘‘I came back from Nepal with one of the most rare diseases on the planet - Q fever,’ said Nigel, wrapped up in a blanket.’
    • ‘The attackers would have little concern of being exposed to secondary infection because Q fever is not communicable.’
    • ‘You can catch Q fever by eating or touching contaminated meat.’
    • ‘Persistent infections in humans can lead to a chronic form of Q fever.’
    • ‘There were 31 registered cases of Marseilles fever in the past week and one case of Q fever.’

Origin

1930s: from Q for query + fever.

Pronunciation:

Q fever

/kjuː/